Academic Program

Accreditation

True North College is an accredited Christian college (Associate Member of Transworld Accrediting Commission International). TACI is “a professional, federally recognized, non-profit church educational organization whose philosophy is to demonstrate accountability to the consuming public for education obtained in non-traditional evangelical educational institutions. This accountability is demonstrated by institutions that are accredited by TACI, having documented evidence of compliance with TACI standards of structure and governance, resources, policies, faculty and curriculum”.

TACI accredits hundreds of non-traditional bible colleges and institutes – which are similar to True North College – throughout the United States and internationally. Once accredited with TACI, courses from True North College can more easily transfer to TACI accredited schools but may also be able to be transferred to other non-TACI accredited bible colleges and Christian universities. True North College is not licensed by the State of New Jersey since the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in New Jersey does not grant licensure to church-based, two-year bible colleges. Thus, True North College may not grant Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees. True North College will be accredited to grant diplomas and certificates. 

Curriculum

True North College uses the MOTMOT teaching materials as its core curriculum (developed by Dr. John Mannion and used by a variety of bible colleges domestically and internationally). Students receive these teaching materials as part of the equipping process inherent in their program of study. The course instructor teaches from the materials and the student receives the same materials to enhance their learning and furnish their own leadership and teaching ministries. 

Library

True North College has a library available for student use. Students may use the library to study or to check out books from the general collection. Books can be checked out for the purpose of completing course assignments or for personal study. Electronic resources can also be accessed in the library. Electronic resources and reference books may not be checked out but can be used in the library.

Traditional and
Non-traditional Students

True North College is established and organized to provide a quality Christian higher education opportunity for both traditional and non-traditional students. Traditional students are those who seek to earn a diploma or certificate and enroll in a specific program or track of study. Non-traditional students are those who are not currently seeking to earn a diploma or certificate and do not enroll in a specific program or track of study (audit status). Diploma or certificate seeking students (traditional students) can choose from three different programs or tracks of study:

1.Diploma in Ministry Leadership (2 year program)

2.Diploma in Practical Theology (2 year program)

3.Certificate in Biblical Studies (1 year program)

The Diploma in Ministry Leadership requires the successful completion of 60 credit hours to include 3 credit hours of Ministry Leadership Practicum and 3 credit hours of Ministry Leadership Internship. The program is structured in such a way that for full-time students (12-18 credits per semester) it is possible to earn the Diploma in Ministry Leadership in 2 years. Part-time students (3-9 credit hours per semester) can earn the Diploma in Ministry Leadership in 3-5 years.

The Diploma in Practical Theology requires the successful completion of 60 credit hours to include 3 credit hours of Ministry Leadership Practicum and 3 credit hours of Ministry Leadership Internship. The program is structured in such a way that for full-time students (12-18 credit hours per semester) it is possible to earn the Diploma in Practical Theology in 2 years. Part-time students (3-9 credit hours per semester) can earn the Diploma in Practical Theology in 3-5 years.

The Certificate in Biblical Studies requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours (does not require Ministry Leadership Practicum or Ministry Leadership Internship). The program is structured in such a way that for full-time students (12-18 credit hours per semester) it is possible to earn the Certificate in Biblical Studies in 1 year. Part-time students (3-9 credit hours per semester) can earn the Certificate in Biblical Studies in 2-3 years.

Non-diploma or non-certificate seeking students (non-traditional students) do not enroll in a specific program or track of study. They are “audit status” students who do not have to apply and be accepted to True North College, and do not take courses for credit. Audit status students take individual courses and do not complete course assignments. Students can take occasional courses as non-diploma or non-certificate seeking students. An audit status student, at any time, can enroll in a track of study and begin taking courses for credit after he or she has successfully completed the application process. Courses that had been taken as an audit status student cannot be applied toward the completion of a degree or certificate program. If any of the courses taken for audit are necessary to complete a program the student will have to take the course(s) again (for credit).

Course Hours 

Semesters run for 16 weeks. One 3 credit hour course includes approximately 40 hours in the classroom and 70 hours of assignments outside of the classroom. Students should budget their time accordingly. Each 3 credit hour course taken during a 16 week semester will necessitate approximately 7 hours of the student’s time each week (2 ½ hours in class and 4-5 hours outside of class). Thus, a student taking a full load of courses in a semester (5 courses or 15 credit hours) will need approximately 35 hours of time each week for class and assignments combined.

Structure and Schedule

The school calendar is structured according to a semester system. There is a 16 week Fall Semester that runs from late August to December with a one week Fall break. There is a 16 week Spring Semester that runs from January to May with a one week Spring break.

Within each semester there are as many as eight 3 credit hour courses offered. Students taking courses for credit who take four, five or six courses in a semester (12-18 credit hours) are considered full-time students and will be able to take courses at a reduced rate ($80 p/credit hour instead of $100 p/credit hour). Full-time diploma seeking students will save $1200 over the course of their program and full-time certificate seeking students will save $600 over the course of their program.

Each semester, one course will be designated as an “open enrollment” course. This course will be open to students who are already admitted to True North College and would be taking the course for credit as well as to students who are not yet admitted but who want to audit a course. This course will be the only course available in the semester for students to audit.

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Student Advising

Upon acceptance into True North College a faculty or administrative advisor will be assigned to a student. The advisor will meet with the student in order to provide initial direction with respect to which program to pursue and which courses to take based on the student’s goals. At any time after being matriculated into True North College, students can request further advising to ensure that they stay on track and program goals are being met.

Advisors and students should use the Program Planning Sheets, Recommended Two Year Tracking Sheets, Course Calendar and Course Descriptions to set a track, adjust a track, and stay on track.